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The Resource Hell and its rivals : death and retribution among Christians, Jews, and Muslims in the early Middle Ages, Alan E. Bernstein

Hell and its rivals : death and retribution among Christians, Jews, and Muslims in the early Middle Ages, Alan E. Bernstein

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Hell and its rivals : death and retribution among Christians, Jews, and Muslims in the early Middle Ages
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Hell and its rivals
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death and retribution among Christians, Jews, and Muslims in the early Middle Ages
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Alan E. Bernstein
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eng
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The idea of punishment after death--whereby the souls of the wicked are consigned to Hell (Gehenna, Gehinnom, or Jahannam)--emerged out of beliefs found across the Mediterranean, from ancient Egypt to Zoroastrian Persia, and became fundamental to the Abrahamic religions. Once Hell achieved doctrinal expression in the New Testament, the Talmud, and the Qur'an, thinkers began to question Hell's eternity, and to consider possible alternatives--hell's rivals. Some imagined outright escape, others periodic but temporary relief within the torments. One option, including Purgatory and, in the Eastern Orthodox tradition, the Middle State, was to consider the punishments to be temporary and purifying. Despite these moral and theological hesitations, the idea of Hell has remained a historical and theological force until the present. In Hell and Its Rivals, Alan E. Bernstein examines an array of sources from within and beyond the three Abrahamic faiths--including theology, chronicles, legal charters, edifying tales, and narratives of near-death experiences--to analyze the origins and evolution of belief in Hell. Key social institutions, including slavery, capital punishment, and monarchy, also affected the afterlife beliefs of Jews, Christians, and Muslims. Reflection on hell encouraged a stigmatization of "the other" that in turn emphasized the differences between these religions. Yet, despite these rivalries, each community proclaimed eternal punishment and answered related challenges to it in similar terms. For all that divided them, they agreed on the need for--and fact of--Hell
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Bernstein, Alan E
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index present
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non fiction
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  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Hell
  • Hell
  • Hell
  • Hell
  • BODY, MIND & SPIRIT
  • RELIGION
  • RELIGION
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • Hell
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Hell and its rivals : death and retribution among Christians, Jews, and Muslims in the early Middle Ages, Alan E. Bernstein
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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online resource
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rdacarrier
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text
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Gregory the Great : order in chaos -- Inner death : hell in the conscience -- The punishments : slavery, torture, and hell -- Exceptions to hell : relief and escape -- Calibrated justice and purgatorial fire -- Visions : rights to souls -- Rabbinic Judaism -- Byzantine universalism : the path not taken -- Islam : the mockers mocked
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ocn963231177
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1 online resource
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online
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9781501707803
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2016052966
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computer
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rdamedia
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  • c
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22573/ctt1r0grmt
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remote
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(OCoLC)963231177
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Hell and its rivals : death and retribution among Christians, Jews, and Muslims in the early Middle Ages, Alan E. Bernstein
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Gregory the Great : order in chaos -- Inner death : hell in the conscience -- The punishments : slavery, torture, and hell -- Exceptions to hell : relief and escape -- Calibrated justice and purgatorial fire -- Visions : rights to souls -- Rabbinic Judaism -- Byzantine universalism : the path not taken -- Islam : the mockers mocked
Control code
ocn963231177
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781501707803
Lccn
2016052966
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt1r0grmt
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)963231177

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